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Poster: robthewordsmith Date: Oct 23, 2011 9:49am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Revisiting 'happiness is JGB'

You're spot on as regards Phil's bass playing and his tendency to play low register lead lines. One of the most interesting things about the Grateful Dead was the way the three guitar players didn't always slot into traditional bass, rhythm and lead roles. Instead they could weave patterns around each other, somewhat in the way the members of a string trio would do, each contributing equally to the overall complexity of the sound.

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Poster: Jacky Hughes Date: Oct 23, 2011 1:13pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Revisiting 'happiness is JGB'

And I'm not saying that he shouldn't do it. I enjoy a lot of Phil's bass lines; Cumberland Blues, Friend Of The Devil (a la 1970), I Know You Rider, amongst many others.

It's just that my preference overall is for a tight, verging on funky rhythm section. John Kahn does that better in my opinion. Phil struggles with 'funky'.

He (JK) might have actually been let out of the rehearsal room by Fagen and Becker, who knows ?